Bonneau Services

Comprehensive translation, interpreting, relocation and administrative services. Your Helping Hand in Brittany / France.

Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

2 people in long sleeves shaking hands How do reserved Brits living in France manage to integrate and fit in? Is the culture shock easy to overcome, or does it prove too much for them? How do they feel about kissing people on the cheek as a greeting, for example? (that includes men!). What about the lack of discipline when it comes to queueing, a concept virtually non-existent in France? And the final straw:  unannounced neighbours popping over to borrow a cup of sugar without having been invited? The list goes on…

We’ve talked to a number of folks that express enthusiasm for exploring the local lifestyle and bemoan those that remain insular and isolated … and yet my observation is that there is often quite a gap between people’s aims and their execution.

So how do we achieve it? Do you think learning the language is essential or do you expect to get by using broken French or sign language? It would be interesting to get some comments in order to find out what others have found useful…

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